We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I posted about some of the people we met first, because most interesting. We flew to Madrid then Lisbon, spent a couple of days in Lisbon before catching our sailboat in Lisbon harbor.
We took the long tram (trolley) ride out to Belem to look at the monastery. Best pastry in the world, Pasteis de Belem. My pic before sprinkling the powered sugar on it. When the King abolished monasteries, the monks of Belem went into the pastry biz. Damn good coffee too. The place makes 8 million of these custard pastries each year with the monks' secret recipe.
More of my Lisbon and Portugal pics below the fold -
Good codfish cake (bacalao, not fresh fish). Mrs. BD had their Chestnut Soup at a cool cafe in Lisbon's theater district. It is chestnut season in southern Europe, so they always give you chestnuts. If you just order a beer, they bring you ten warm chestnuts.
We drove out to the western coast. Huge surf, a place for surfing (not in November). After, we drove through Cascais which Mrs. BD thought was like a small San Diego. Lovely, elegant resort town where some James Bonds have been filmed.
Under an old cloister, a Moslem city built on Roman streets.
"Truth is, Muslim 'rule' was quite decent despite the dhimmi issue."
It's unfortunate that one of the greatest consequences of the current wave of Islamic extremism is that it has cast a complete shadow on our perspective of 13 centuries of Islamic history and Islamic culture.